This retreat will be held by 3 different International Tantra and Spiritual Teachers, who are responsible for seeding the more Tantra Festivals across the world than anyone else. As well as that being a huge growth path and worldcentric initiation for them, it also means they are in a unique position to be able to allow multiple opportunities for graduates of the the Awaken As Love trainings to get spread their offerings to larger audiences.
James Stevenson – Lead Facilitator Stage 1.
James’s passion is to help call forth our human potential and our soul. His weave brings together more than 19 years experience in techniques, practices and information from the cutting edge of Neuroscience, Tantra, Biodanza, Shamanic & Energy Work, Integral theory and Taoist practices to create a spirituality that is rooted in the body. His evolutionary approach is to work on all lines, levels, states and parts of ourselves in bringing forth our fullest potential.
His work in meditation and tantra work draws on many different traditions and paths he has studied from Kashmir Shaivism, Baul mysticism, Advaita Vedanta, Vajrayana Buddhism, Integral systems and Neo-tantra. He was very much influenced by the enlightened master Osho and enjoyed spending time in Pune and the Humaniversity where he became an AUM meditation leader.
His shamanic work includes being Vision Quest rites of passage guide, holding Sweatlodge Ceremonies as well as Sacred Cacao Rituals. He is also part of the International School of Temple Arts faculty. He has been dancing Biodanza since 2003 and now works as a teacher and a didactic teacher (qualified to teach other teachers in Biodanza Schools). He also leads ecstatic dance sessions, and ran the popular Awaken conscious night club in Edinburgh for many years. www.awakenaslove.com
Riya Sokol – Co Facilitator Stage 1.
Riya is James’s partner – as well as a famous singer for last few years she has been discovering the spiritual path, through Tantra and other unconventional methods of exploring the inner world- where she also uses her soprano.
She travels around the world to offer to people: a “voice- bath” that can take to deep relaxing states of mind, tantric practices– that improve people’s lives and relationships, and evening concerts with her own music or mantras and kirtans.
She is a trained guide of Vision Quest– which is a 10-day process based on age-old tradition rite of passage – taking people to the land to reconnect with nature and themselves and is apprenticing with James in Awaken as Love. www.riyasokol.com
Deva Ashik – Co Facilitator Stage 1.
Ashik is on the path of the unity in service of Sacred Sexuality. His meditation practice and teachings focus on the body, revealing the holiness of everything. He has worked from Primal to Shamanism, Holistic Massage to Emotional Expression, Bioenergetics to Sufism.He is a Sannyasin deeply touched by Osho’s Active Meditations and Tantra practice.
Ashik is a certified Learning Love teacher, based in Portugal. He is a qualified therapist in Tantra, Yoga, Breathwork, Abdominal Massage and is currently studying Somatic Experience.
Ashik is also the founder of Awakeland Portugal meditation retreat centre, a space he has created for people to experience collective enlightenment as an individual process.
He believes that the great shift is to stop trying to change and accept what is, in sync with Mother Earth and Heart acceptance. Ashik’s joy is expressed through gratitude and celebration of life. swamidevaashik.com